The Australian Government's Blacklisted Website List
March 18, 2009 8:45 PM Subscribe
Wikileaks has posted the complete list of websites that the Australian Government intends to block
under its proposed opt-out internet censorship scheme
. The Government has flagged plans to expand the blacklist to 10,000 sites or more.
Most of the sites have no obvious connection to child pornography, which is the Government's main justifcation for introducing the scheme. Wikileaks is one of the sites listed, as are some Wikipedia pages and "a slew of online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist."
has issued take-down notices and threatened fines of $11,000 per day to websites hosted in Australia (so Metafilter should be OK) which contain material, or a link to material, on this blacklist.
The scheme is expected to slow the internet to a crawl (not a great thing given we're already lagging
behind most of the world on internet speeds
), will significantly limit the flow of information to Australians and will place the country in the same league as China and the United Arab Emirates.
Don't like the sound of this? Here's a website dedicated to opposing the laws
. Think it's a great idea? Send Senator Conroy a thank you note.